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National Go Fishing Day is on June 18! Fishing allows you to peacefully enjoy the outdoors while still incorporating physical activity. You can fish in ponds, rivers, lakes, and oceans, which gives you flexibility and variety in where you choose to fish. It’s a great activity for children to learn since it’s low-pressure and leisurely.

When fishing with your children, plan for short nearby trips. Also, make sure that you (or whatever adult is fishing with them) have your fishing license and are up-to-date on all fishing regulations for your state. Wear life jackets if you’re fishing from a boat. Children and beginning fishers should use a light line, bobber, and a barbless hook. For instructional videos and tips, visit

Regulations on fishing in public waters vary by state. In North Carolina, you need a license to fish in public water (this doesn’t apply to private land) if you’re 16 years old or older. Children under 16 years old don’t need a fishing license as long as they’re with a fishing licensed adult. You can purchase a license online, by telephone or in-person. For more information on fishing licenses in North Carolina, visit

Paddling a boat and hiking to your fishing spot are great aerobic activities as they make your heart beat faster. Fishing itself works the muscles in your arms as you cast and reel. Being in the sun while you fish can help increase your vitamin D levels. Since fishing isn’t a fast-paced activity, it can help relieve stress and teach patience (which is especially helpful for children)!

To find a public fishing place near you, visit

Where will you and your family try fishing?

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